Conference Seminars and Workshops are 1-hour, 15-minute programs taught by world renown instructors  on the Friday and Saturday of Fire-Rescue.  These classroom-based programs are held in the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.
Conference Seminars and Workshops are FREE to all members.  

Economy of Force at Extrication Incidents

Economy of Force is one of the nine Principles of War based on early theories and continues to be a key component of modern day warfare. It is the principle of employing all available combat power in the most effective way possible and the judicious employment and distribution of forces towards the primary objective. Through three key components, training, preparation, and emergency operations, we will explore how to apply Economy of Force to successfully mitigate an extrication incident and ultimately have a positive patient outcome. This presentation initially discusses how…(MORE)

Instructor: Les Baker

June 11 -9:00 am-10:30 am

Location: CMCC

HOT WASH

This presentation is based on lessons learned from an experienced fire ground commander. Derived from after action reviews and on-scene “hot wash” of post fire critiques, to answer one of the most difficult fire service questions there is “What do you do, when you witness critical tactical applications, wrongly applied on the fire ground” and when you bring it to your company officers attention, you realize that they do not even know what they did wrong. Using this as a starting point, how do you try and make sure these critical fire ground behaviors do not happen again?

Instructor: Jeremy Boyle

June 11 – 9:00 am-10:30 am

Location: CMCC

The Disposable Heroes

Mental health is at the forefront of the first responder world. From the battlefields of Iraq to the streets of Hampton Roads, Virginia, I am sharing my personal experiences in dealing with PTSD, depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideology. What we THINK we know and what we ACTUALLY know are worlds apart. We have to become more aggressive in our approach and stop looking into the future for treatment because we are missing our people while they develop worsening mental health issues. I am ready to share… are you ready to listen?

Instructor: Jeremy Johns

June 11 – 9:00am – 10:30am
June 12 – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Location: CMCC

Turnout Gear 101

Turnout Gear 101 class is a class to educate people that wants or needs more information to understand and ability to spec out turnout gear. Not everyone wants to rely on the salesperson to guide them. All references will be generic, not specific to an individual brand.

Instructor: AEST Safety & Partners

June 11 – 9:00am – 10:30am

Location: CMCC

1st Due Engine Company: Coastal Firefighting

This course focuses on tactical considerations for large residential structures and multi-family dwellings in coastal environments. These structures are typically elevated above ground, thus making entry to what is typically considered the ground level floor, actually is the second level and then goes up in height from there. Instructional part of the class will cover challenges encountered. These challenges are building construction, building access, hose-line operations, and tactical considerations including size up considerations for wind driven fires. A focus on minimal staffing and/or manpower challenged departments

Instructor: Alan Griffin

June 11 – 9:00 am-10:30 am

Location: CMCC

Moving the Patient Vehicle

Responders must be proactive in their development of initial and secondary disentanglement plans during an extrication incident. The development of these plans should begin with the dispatch information and continue throughout the incident. Most incidents can be mitigated with common initial plans including some form of a side, roof, or tunnel tactic. When those initial plans fail to provide a suitable path of egress additional and sometimes less frequently used plans should be put into action. Occasionally, responders must rely on advanced tactics including the potential movement of the patient vehicle.

Instructor: Les Baker

June 11 – 10:45 am-12:15 pm

Location: CMCC

“Leadership” It’s Not About You

This presentation is based on lessons learned from an experienced fire ground commander. Facing today’s modern work environment while still addressing the emergency needs on the fire ground. Your firefighters know the difference between Officers and Leaders, which are you? A look into how to address the leadership structure within the Fire Service, because the new guy isn’t getting any older. Millennials are transient in the workforce; the Fire Service is the CULTURE OF COOL; you have 3 years to make an impression. Invest wisely to get the most in return.

Instructor: Jeremy Boyle

June 11 – 10:45 am-12:15 pm

Location: CMCC

Building and Sustaining a Training Program for YOUR Department

Training in today’s fire service is constantly changing. Understanding how to stay informed and engaged, all the while preparing the newly graduated recruit and keeping the old salt engaged can seem nearly impossible. In this interactive, dynamic presentation, we will discuss how to…(More)

Instructor: Scott Feather

June 11 – 10:45 am-12:15 pm

Location: CMCC

1st Due Engine Company “Doing More with Less”

Fire Departments nationwide are struggling with manpower and the decline in volunteer firefighters. Engine companies are being forced to operate with minimal staffing. Unlike a textbook perfect fire service, today’s engine companies are arriving and operating on scene before other companies and/or chief officers arrive. Students in this course will learn first due operations and how to prioritize tactical operations in order to be successful on the fire ground.

Instructors: Alan Griffin

June 11 – 10:45 am-12:15 pm

Location: CMCC

Disaster Response: How Geographical Information Systems Technology Can Enhance Operations

This program will provide the Chief Officer, Emergency Manager, and other key officials with an understanding of how geographical information systems (GIS) technology can enhance operations before, during, and after the response. The program will include an overview of how GIS technology was leveraged during the response to Hurricane Dorian, including how real-time geospatial intelligence was integrated into the South Carolina Emergency Management Division’s “Palmetto” software. The audience will leave with a greater understanding of GIS and how it can enhance the disaster response operations for their organization.

Instructors: Kevin Henson

June 11 – 10:45 am-12:15 pm

Location: CMCC

Team Work NASCAR Style

NASCAR pit crews and firefighters have things in common when it comes to working together as a team. A NASCAR Pit Crew is a finely tuned and choreograph Chaos, the fire service is no different as crew dress, lay supply hose, stretch hand lines, and raise ladders. Let’s take a look at the similarities and how we can improve our common goal of speed and efficiency.

Instructor: Keith Wilson

June 11 – 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Location: CMCC

Engine Essentials

The challenges faced by an engine company in today’s fire service are more dynamic and difficult than ever before. The backbone of firefighting is the engine company. There is more to engine company success than just fire suppression. Today’s engine company firefighters must be…(More)

Instructor: Richard Ray

June 11 – 1:45 pm- 3:15 pm

Location: CMCC

Command and Control in a Combination Department

Commanding an incident alone is fast paced and focus driven, with critical decisions being made based solely on experience and training. Combination departments face additional complexities with incident command and control. From motor vehicle collisions to…(More)

Instructor: Scott Feather

June 11 – 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Location: CMCC

Solar Energy and the Fire Service

As the consumption of electricity continues to increase the demand for alternative energy sources will be increased as well. This class will provide a good understanding of how solar energy works in combination with the utility companies power grid and the associated dangers we would face at an emergency incident. Not only will we discuss the electrical operation and dangers in a residential setting, but we will also discuss(More)

Instructor: Jeff Simpson

June 11 – 1:45 pm- 3:15 pm
June 12 – 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: CMCC

Stretching Long, Working Short

This course will discuss the stretching of lines beyond the pre-connect. The course will focus on simplifying the most complex of stretches and present solutions to ensure success, efficiency, and success when utilizing lines that are not pre-connected. This course will present methods for all types of departments that can be designed around the layouts of various hose beds and apparatus. This course is built on simplicity and simplifying the most complex into manageable tasks.

Instructor: Jonah Smith

June 11 – 1:45 pm – 3:15 pm

Location: CMCC

Rural Engine Company Operations

The practices and concepts taught will be based on successful experiences on the fireground and nationally recognized engine company practices. The student will gain ideas of how to set up the engine for success and ideas to improve the functionality of the engine within their department. The student will learn…(More)

Instructor: Richard Ray

June 11 – 3:30 pm-5:00 pm

Location: CMCC

Leading the Modern Firefighter

It is well known that the transition to Company officer is one of the most difficult transitions in the fire service. This class will offer solutions to many of the challenges that an Officer faces. Attendees will be presented with proven methodologies, behaviors and new age ideas to allow for new company officers to increase their effectiveness in all areas of responsibility. This class will enlighten attendees to training techniques, leadership methods, and tactical actions that will increase effectiveness as a company officer both in the station and on the fireground.

Instructor: Jonah Smith

June 11 – 3:30 pm-5:00 pm

Location: CMCC

School Bus Accident- Are You Prepared?

This program is designed to present techniques and tips that can assist the rescuer in extricating a patient trapped in School Buses. During the classroom portion, we are going to first take a look at school bus types, construction standards, anatomy and extrication techniques. We will discuss scene approach, hazards, and stabilization of school bus. Multi-passenger vehicles present us with quite a different challenge; this course will assist the rescuer in meeting this challenge. The rescuer will be presented with the complications and challenges of extrication from school buses and other multi-passenger vehicles.

Instructor: Keith Wilson

June 11 – 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm

Location: CMCC

Fire Ground Leadership; Rebooting Leadership: From the Station to the Streets

Today’s demanding fire ground leaves negligible margin for errors or omissions requiring new skill sets, proficiencies and high accountability and tactical deployments executed with the highest degree of proficiencies and skill sets under the most challenging(More)

Instructor: Christopher Naum

June 11 – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm

Location: CMCC

The Voodoo of Natural Gas

Firefighter training typically lacks a significant amount of training on natural gas incidents. The missing information can seem like voodoo until the firefighter is exposed to the concepts and proactive practices of natural gas leaks. Being a high frequency event for fire response, the ability for a fire department crew or hazmat team to play a significant role in preventing a catastrophic event is huge. This course will use case studies, scenarios, and interactive discussion to enhance response and mitigation of natural gas emergencies.

Instructor: David Bullard

June 11 – 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
June 12 – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Location: CMCC

1%- Use it Wisely or Lose It

South Carolina Fire Departments receive over $16 million dollars annually in 1% funds. These funds are meant to be used to benefit firefighters by providing benefits and paying for expenses that the regular department resources will not provide. But there are many regulations tied to these 1% funds. Every year there are departments that are losing their 1% funds because they are not complying with the requirements and regulations. It is very important that your fire department has multiple people who are familiar with the accounting practices and regulations of the 1% funds, so you are not one of those departments that loses your 1% funds. Come join us to find out what you need to know to keep and best use your 1% funds.

Instructor: Jeff Oswald & Supervisory Committee

June 11 – 3:30 pm- 5:00 pm
June 12 – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Location: CMCC

Active Shooter: Rescue Task Force

Active Shooter: Rescue Task Force (RTF) is multi-agency training program designed to develop, refine, and produce successful Rescue Task Force teams in emergency services. Students will learn concepts and tactics for preparing for Active Shooter Incidents and Acts of Violence as well as Combat Life Saver techniques from Tactical Emergency Casualty Care, and Tactical Combat Casualty Care.

Instructor: Thomas Tardo

June 12 – 10:00 am-11:30 am

Location: CMCC

Taking Actions Against Cancer in the Fire Service

Training goals: Educate firefighters and EMS personnel about their increased risk of developing cancer; encourage actions and behaviors to reduce or prevent exposure to occupational cancer hazards; encourage healthy lifestyle choices to further reduce cancer risk; and provide information about resources available to firefighters, EMS personnel, and their families following a cancer diagnosis.

Instructor: Brad Kavetski

June 12 – 10:00 am-11:30 am

Location: CMCC

Is Your Fire Truck Really Safe to Drive Today?

It provides an in-depth explanation of mechanical systems and the problems that can occur by not finding them. Photos and diagrams help the driver to recognize the signs to look for that aren’t taught in the driver operator classes. The class will cover tires, brakes, steering and suspension systems. The issues presented that an put a unit unexpectedly out of service during an emergency response or even worse cause a serious accident.

Instructor: Charles Shill

June 12 – 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Location: CMCC

V-SAFE Grant Writing Workshop

This interactive program will provide the participants with important information on how apply for the South Carolina Volunteer Strategic Assistance and Firefighting Equipment Grant. The program covers the requirements for eligibility, the statutorily-defined elements of the grant application, how the applications are scored, and tips for a successful application. Additionally, the program will review the trends and forecasts for program funding. The most commonly requested and most commonly funded projects will also give participants a glimpse into choosing a successful project.

Instructor: Jonathan Jones  

June 12 – 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Location: CMCC